The Pirates! In an Adventure with Napoleon (Hardcover)

By Gideon Defoe

Pantheon, 9780375423987, 192pp.

Publication Date: May 19, 2009



The Pirate Captain and his merry band of ne’er-do-wells face off against their toughest—but by no means their tallest—challenge yet.

Crushed with disappointment at the Pirate of the Year Awards, our Pirate Captain decides that it’s time for a career change. And so with his loyal (if soon-to-be-dismayed) crew, he sets off for St. Helena, a bleak speck of an Atlantic island a thousand miles from anywhere. But the Captain’s plan for a quiet island life of beekeeping (yes, beekeeping) is interrupted by the arrival of a new “visitor” to the island—the recently deposed Napoleon Bonaparte. Will the island’s twenty-eight-mile circumference be big enough to contain two of history’s greatest egos? Has the Pirate Captain finally met his match? And, lest we forget the most important question: which of them has the best hat?

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Napoleon is a swashbuckling tale of lavish tea parties, planning regulations, educational museum exhibits, and naked political ambition. And—unlike all of its thrilling predecessors—there is not much ham involved.

About the Author

GIDEON DEFOE is the author of "The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists; The Pirates! In an Adventure with Ahab; "and" The Pirates! In an Adventure with Communists." You could be forgiven for thinking that he is a bit of a one-trick pony. He lives in London.